Shields Pharmacy Prescriptions & Services

Waiting Times:

We will normally dispense your prescription within half an hour. If we do not have your medicine in stock, we can have it the next business day unless there are supply issues, in which case alternate arrangements will be made.


Repeats:

If you are entitled to repeats on your prescription, then we will only dispense these at your request. Normally, repeats can only be dispensed if 2/3 of the previous dispensing has been used up. If you have special circumstances (such as travel or mobility issues) let us know so other arrangements can be made.


Prescription Subsidy Card (PSC):

We maintain a record of how many prescriptions you and your family (partner and dependent children under 18) receive from 1st February to 31st January each year. After you have paid for 20 subsidised prescription items in this year you are entitled to a PSC. This gives you a discount on prescription charges set by the Government.  


 

Age (years) No Cards With CSC With HUC Enrolled PHO PSC      
0-12 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0      
13-17 $10 $5 $5 $5 $0      
18+ $15 $5 $5 $5 $0      

CSC= Community Services Card,
HUC= High User Card,
PSC= Prescription Subsidy Card (given after you and possibly family reach 20 prescription items in a year)
PHO= Primary Health Organization (most GPs are part of one, Specialists and Dentists are not)


Charges:

Most prescriptions will carry a co-payment set by Government Policy. We will charge you this co-payment according to the information given to us on the prescription and in our records. Please ensure we have your updated CSC, HUHC or PSC cards as these may entitle you to extra subsidy.  Some medicines are not fully  subsidised and will carry a “part-charge” which you will be required to pay over and  above the co-payment. In most cases there will be a fully subsidised alternative which  we may be able to supply instead. This can be discussed when the need arises. In all cases a receipt will be issued showing the total cost to you. 

We have a registered Pharmacist on site at all times and will be able to discuss your medicines and health care with you.


Our Pharmacy services include professional advice and counselling about your medicines, including:

  • Directions for safe & effective use
  • Expected outcome of therapy
  • Possible side effects
  • Storage requirements
  • Safe disposal of unused medicines
  • Dispensing of prescribed medications under subsidy by the CDHB as well as non-subsidised medications
  • Professional and ethical advise about medications and how to make the most of them
  • Maintaining a medication profile to assist in improving your health outcomes.

 

We also keep records of non-prescription medicines in your file as appropriate. Safety: For your safety we have an obligation to report any dangers about your medicines to your prescriber. This will be done in a confidential manner. We have written policies and procedures for security and take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of customers and staff at all times.


Additional services provided by the team at Shields Pharmacy include:

  • We provide blood pressure readings ($5) and will report to your GP if required
  • We have a Long Term Conditions (LTC) service (as part of our contract with the DHB) which helps our customers manage their medicines better (free to join, but you need to meet certain criteria, reviewed annually)
  • Trimethoprim (antibiotic) for uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections in women between 16 and 65 (other conditions apply) $24.90
  • Sildenafil for erectile dysfunction for men between 35 and 70 (other conditions apply). Consult Fee $30, price of Sildenafil will vary depending on strength and quantity
  • Emergency Contraception supply ($39.50)

 

We provide a full range of over the counter medicines for all sorts of health conditions and the team at Shields Pharmacy can advise you on the best products for your needs.

We also have a selection of attractive gifts suitable for people of all age.


 

  • Receiving faxed/phoned prescriptions from your Doctor: $3.  If you would like to fax your own prescription to save you time, we won't charge for this but please bring in the original with you, otherwise we won't be able to supply the prescription.
  • WINZ print outs: $3
  • Medico Packs for ease of medication adherance: $10 each ( $5 for LTC patients)
  • Tablet splitting: $3 per month
  • Medicine syncronisation (getting your medines in-line with each other): $10


Patient rights and responsibilities:

In the event of a complaint, please contact us and we will strive to sort out any issues. If we cannot resolve your complaint to your satisfaction you are entitled to contact the CDHB (ph 364 4103) or the Health & Disability Commission (ph 0800 377 766).



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